Anna Stamm

Advertiser Forum: Are You Feeling Lucky?

Anna Stamm

We’ve all had times when we feel we’ve hit a stroke of luck, and unfortunately times when we felt pretty unlucky. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I started wondering about luck—when we most wish we were feeling lucky and maybe ways to get a little more luck on...

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March 2019
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Ben Hershey

Success Through Failure

Ben Hershey

“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan While it...

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March 2019
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Glenn Traylor

How Should Defects Be Recorded When Inspecting a Critical Plate?

Glenn Traylor

A critical plate is a plate with a Joint Stress Index of 80% or greater. The ANSI/TPI 1–2014 Standard stipulates that critical plate inspections must be conducted when completing the three inspections per station/per shift/per week requirement. On average, the standard requires one...

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March 2019
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Shelena Serrano

Celebrating Heart and Teamwork at Vekta

Shelena Serrano

At Vekta, we not only acknowledge the importance of our team, we celebrate it! We recognise that each individual brings something unique and special to the whole team. Every person is respected for their thoughts, contributions, knowledge, and skills—without them, there is no way we could...

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March 2019
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Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Trusses Are a Significantly Small Piece of the Puzzle

Matt Layman

The lumber industry knows me as an outspoken, opinionated lumber market analyst and forecaster. This month, I would like to introduce you to Matt Layman, part-time remodeling contractor. I am now beginning my 7th month of total rehab of my wife’s 70-year old 3 BR, 2 BA family home. Her...

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March 2019
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Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: Knowing Your Customers at IBS

Joe Kannapell

To grow closer to your customers is the reason to attend the International Builders Show (IBS). If you coordinate in advance with your local builders and pay attention to the educational sessions, you may not be overwhelmed amongst the 100,000 attendees. You may also witness the latest...

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March 2019
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Anna Stamm

Advertiser Forum: Share the Love

Anna Stamm

It’s February, so we’re going to be seeing hearts everywhere for the next few weeks. Valentine’s Day is an excellent opportunity to sell/buy greeting cards, candy, and flowers. But the holiday doesn’t have to be limited to your sweetheart. Consider it an opportunity to...

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February 2019
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Todd Drummond

Too Many Companies Struggle with Making Process Changes

Todd Drummond

A statement far too managers make is that they are not able to get their employees to embrace change. If your company struggles with making changes in any given area, just keep in mind that real change always comes from the top down. If your company is struggling with change and you are the top...

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February 2019
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Glenn Traylor

How Does a Fabricator Gain From a 3rd Party Audit?

Glenn Traylor

When a 3rd party inspector inspects a licensed plant, what exactly are the auditors looking for? And what can the fabricator get from the experience? What the inspection is NOT, and why that matters: The part 1 audit of the in-house paperwork is not a grade on neatness. It’s an...

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February 2019
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Ben Hershey

Close the Gap on Lean Initiatives

Ben Hershey

When I’m asked why I chose a set of puzzle pieces for the 4Ward Consulting team logo, I’m glad to explain that fitting the pieces together has always been a part of my approach to business, my own and those I have assisted. We have teams, divisions, branches, departments, etc....

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February 2019
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